Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the standard operation for men with urinary symptoms caused by non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate (BPH). A camera is passed through the urethra (water pipe) and an electrical loop used to shave pieces off the prostate from the inside therefore making the prostate smaller. It is a tried and tested treatment for urinary symptoms but is not as effective as endoscopic enucleation techniques such as a HoLEP and it is not suitable for very large prostates. There is also a longer recovery period and higher risk of bleeding when compared to HoLEP.
The bipolar technology reduces the risk of TURP syndrome compared with the older monopoly TURP so this is routinely used for patients undergoing TURP at Salisbury District Hospital or New Hall Hospital.
For more information on the TURP procedure see the BAUS website.